So using the new font I made, I roughed up a possible logo for my mooted project, Halloween Comix… a very theoretical project, as I’ve procrastinated about it on-and-off for three years now. In fact, I had made a cover image for it—here with tones and here with colour—featuring Jenni & Marie (and friend)—which, although only three years old, I recently did a new version of… because, it ain’t bad but it coulda been better. Anyhow, I’ll post that later. Meanwhile…
And a question, re the Marie portrait posted here—colour? Yes? No? I have done some work on a colour version—I don’t consider myself much of a colourist, to be honest, but…
Some of you out there will have seen W.I.P. pencils and distorted photos of this (amongst others)—but here, for better or worse, is the finished article. It’s a tribute to (or satire of; you decide) big monsters and toxic masculinity… and Richard Corben, of course. Now, me, I’m not one for “violence” per se, but in this case, as The Stath might say: “OI! Come and ‘ave some, you FAKKER!!”
(The lettering is all done by hand in this instance. Oh well.)
(Hobbs & Shaw looks like fun.)
(Bonus Extra: the original—even more rudimentary—thumbnails for this strip can be viewed here and here.)
As it’s been a while since the news broke, I thought it was about time to mention Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man (and lots of others), who died late in June, aged 90.
He was always one of my major art influences. He had a unique eye and a memorably distinctive style that persisted to the very end. I was one of the ‘faithful’, I guess; those who followed Steve’s work throughout. It was always worth looking at, even if he favoured a very stripped-down approach later in life.
90 is a good run, and he lived it on his own terms. I did not agree with some of his views—I’m not big on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, for instance—but I respected him thoroughly, and was largely in sympathy with his thoughts on intellectual property and etc. He was a man who would put principle firmly ahead of a fast buck—rather like Alan Moore, but rather unlike most people. I was lucky enough to correspond with him for a while, some years ago… I always intended to write to him again and catch up, but I never got around to it… that’s life, isn’t it.
Steve Ditko on Wikipedia.